Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t been here for a while, but I’ve been busy writing on my book. I will tell you more about the book shortly.
Anyway, today is a very good day. Not for any special reason, but for the extremely good feeling I have. I am quite sure it has to do with Christmas. I LOVE Christmas! I love the atmosphere, the love, the candles and the lights, the trees, the food, the colours and the smells.
Speaking of smells I have spent this day rocking to Christmas Hits while baking Lussebullar (or Lussekatter), which is a sweet bun flavoured with Saffron. And it is a Swedish speciality for Christmas time. They smell lush! And they taste lush! They don’t look that great though, but that is my own fault, next I know better what to do. I did them in a slightly different way than is traditional (I just can’t help experimenting when I bake or cook, follow recipes is not my strongest side). But hey, at least they taste really nice which is good.
Tomorrow I am going to make the dough for gingerbread cookies, also a Swedish Christmas tradition, and I have never made the dough myself before. I have always bought the cookies already made, or the dough already made. But this time I want to try to make it from scratch. I’m missing a thing or two for it though so that’s why I’m making it tomorrow. And then it has to rest over night, or for about 12 hours, before I can actually make the cookies.
What I like most about the Swedish Christmas foods is that we have so many different things that usually only eat around Christmas (even though some people are starting to eat some it all year round, which I wouldn’t want to do). I like it because it makes Christmas even more special. It gives it the extra little atmosphere, in my opinion. But everybody does it there own special way. As long as it makes them happy and feel good it is all ok.
I just love this. And I love having the time to do it!
How do you feel about Christmas? Do you have any special Christmas traditions you want to share?